Thursday, September 21, 2023

US tech giant opens facility in Barnsley

One of the largest IT solutions providers in the world has set up a new state-of-the-art business facility in Barnsley to support its global expansion plans.

US company SHI International has opened its ‘Nexus Integration Centre’ at Capitol Park beside the M1 in Dodworth last week.

The company’s £12 million investment in this technology integration centre, sales and customer experience hub will enhance its capacity to deliver advanced data centre and end-user computing solutions to clients across the UK.

The Barnsley business centre will be fully operational by January next year. It complements similar SHI configuration facilities in the U.S., the Netherlands, France and Singapore, plus its existing SHI UK offices in Milton Keynes, London, and Glasgow.

SHI International is a world-leading tech company and the largest Minority Woman Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the USA. It’s CEO and president Thai Lee has been at the helm since 1989 and built the company into a $13bn global corporation with 35 offices across the world. Their new 46,000 sq ft Barnsley base creates an IT configuration and integration centre, customer service and warehouse facilities. It will attract customers from all over the UK to view IT solutions from dozens of tech partners which are showcased here.

Senior vice president for SHI’s international division Celeste Lee flew in from SHI’s headquarters in New Jersey to officially open the new Barnsley centre. She said: “The opening of the Nexus Integration Centre is another key milestone in SHI’s continuing UK, European, and international expansion plans.

“The customised client and data centre hardware solutions configured and shipped from Nexus will provide our customers with greater efficiency and availability and with reduced cost and shipping times. By bringing these operations in-country, any UK-based customer looking for direct oversight of complex integrated solutions can visit the integration centre where the actual work is performed.”

SHI in Barnsley has already recruited to jobs in IT, sales, customer service, administration and warehouse roles, with further plans for workforce expansion over the coming months.

Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Sarah Jane Tattersall attended the official opening and welcomed the US company to the borough.

Enterprising Barnsley has helped SHI UK move here, by assisting with planning matters, securing financial support to back their own investment and making connections with local suppliers. It has also helped with recruitment and training alongside partners, Barnsley College.

Cllr Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for growth and sustainability, said: “It is wonderful to see SHI UK opening its new integration centre in Barnsley and we look forward to seeing the company flourish here. “New jobs have already been created and we anticipate more opportunities over the coming months as the facility ramps up to full operational status.”

SHI employs more than 6,000 people worldwide and specialises in delivering innovative e-commerce, fulfilment and IT asset management solutions and data centre management and storage solutions, as well as integrated digital workplace consultancy and support. Enterprising Barnsley, the business support arm of Barnsley Council, aims to attract new businesses to invest in the borough and help new and existing businesses develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs.

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